Bruitsnetlabel is very proud to present Jaime Rodriguez Matos "The Branch Bends with the Snow (for Wilhelm Matthies)"[b031s], 2012.
"The Branch Bends with the Snow (for Wilhelm Matthies) is the first result of experimentation with the short pick-bows that Wilhelm Matthies crafts.
I have found these pick-bows to be an ear-opening tool. After all, the sound that one produces on the guitar is mostly derived from the way and the material with which one touches the strings.
In this sense, "The Branch Bends with the Snow" is an experiment in ways of touching sound, ways of bending and blurring borderlines, so as to ward off any and all preconceived architectonics.
This does not mean that I claim that the sounds produced here are originary, or even original in the traditional sense of the word.
The pieces are wholly improvised, but the guiding thread at all moments has been the openness to the "accidental" touch of the pick-bow on the strings.
To the extent that it is possible, this has resulted in a playing experience that is much more weighted toward listening to the events thus derived and toward the process of allowing enough time to perceive the sonic qualities of each touch.
The most difficult part about this process is that the player's actions consist mostly of not acting, of not overplaying."